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I'm a handbag designer based in Charlottesville, VA. My bag business began in 1997, but I've been sewing since I was 13. I remember the first thing I ever sewed was a lime green skirt that I never wore, because I'd put the zipper in backwards.
The first "accessory" I made was a paper wallet which I stapled together, at age 8, as a gift for my mom.

I graduated from Florida State University with a BA degree in Visual Communications. A year later I received an AA degree in Fashion Illustration from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
I then moved to New York City, where I worked in the art department of a beauty trade magazine, then in advertising at Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine, then at J.Crew as an assistant women's wear designer. A few years later, Henri Bendel opened a new store on Fifth Avenue & had an open call for new designers. I created a 5 piece dress…

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  • Born on August 9
  • Joined May 23, 2007

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I'm a handbag designer based in Charlottesville, VA. My bag business began in 1997, but I've been sewing since I was 13. I remember the first thing I ever sewed was a lime green skirt that I never wore, because I'd put the zipper in backwards.
The first "accessory" I made was a paper wallet which I stapled together, at age 8, as a gift for my mom.

I graduated from Florida State University with a BA degree in Visual Communications. A year later I received an AA degree in Fashion Illustration from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
I then moved to New York City, where I worked in the art department of a beauty trade magazine, then in advertising at Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine, then at J.Crew as an assistant women's wear designer. A few years later, Henri Bendel opened a new store on Fifth Avenue & had an open call for new designers. I created a 5 piece dress line to show them, and they bought 20 of each! My dress design business began from there.

I eventually relocated to Virginia, and my business evolved into handbag design. I create everything in my home studio. My second bedroom makes for a nice fabric storage area, and I made sure my main sewing machine is in front of a window that lets in plenty of light.

I sell my bags in a few stores, but I mainly travel to art & craft shows or trunk shows, and also sell online.


*****I have another shop on Etsy, where I feature my vintage inspired swim cap bags. Please visit it at www.SplashBag.etsy.com*****

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